Casper Chase 5k honors fallen Wyoming soldiers
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Casper Chase Fallen Soldiers Memorial 5K takes place every year before the CWFR parade. Runners and walkers marked the start of parade day. Parade watchers who arrived early cheered on the 5K participants as they made their way around downtown Casper.
Before the 5K, there is a ceremony to honor the fallen soldiers. Some participants ran in honor of a fallen soldier and wore shirts with their name. Many runners wore red, white, and blue as a show of pride.
Casper Chase established scholarship funds honoring the memories of every soldier from Wyoming that has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“We have 29 scholarships that we’ve funded in the last 10 to 12 years, and now we have one more that we’ve generated this year,” said Casper Chase Director Joe Corbett.
The newest soldier to be honored is Rylee McCollum who died last Augustin Afghanistan. A photo of him and a flag line stood by the race’s starting line, along with photos and flags for each of the soldiers.
“I kind of knew what I was getting in to, but seeing the names, and seeing the poster boards of everybody brings a little bit more of... it’s a little more humbling to see everybody that’s made the sacrifice, not just my son, but there’s a lot of wonderful kids on those poster boards,” said Rylee’s dad Jim McCollum.
Each scholarship is sent to the community college closest to where the soldier is from.
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